A Spencerville (Lima County) woman has been sentenced for colluding to commit workers’ comp fraud with an acquaintance who was sentenced for fraud last year. Angela Pugin pleaded guilty to a felony count of complicity to commit workers’ compensation fraud on April 18 in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas.
BWC’s Special Investigations Department (SID) began investigating Pugin after receiving an allegation that a claimant, Douglas Roop, may have been working while receiving permanent total disability benefits he was awarded following a workplace injury. Roop had filed for a settlement and noted that his brother-in-law owned a business and he was interested in working for him.
SID and the Lima Police Department executed a search warrant at D&G Development and Restoration/1-800 BOARD UP in Lima and obtained evidence proving that Roop had returned to work while collecting the benefits.
The investigation proved that Roop had been working for his brother-in-law, Darrell Pugin, who owned and operated the company. Angela Pugin, Darrell’s wife, also worked at D&G Development and 1-800-BOARD UP as the office manager. Evidence from the search warrant showed that she was paying Roop cash for work done at D&G while Roop was receiving benefits from the BWC.
Pugin paid $5,000 for investigative costs prior to her sentencing. She was also ordered to pay court costs.
Douglas Roop was sentenced on June 1, 2015 and ordered to pay restitution to BWC totaling more than $20,000. Read more about his case here.